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BU issues reminder about Esplanade safety

Posted by Sara Brown  June 9, 2011 11:54 AM

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The Boston University police have issued a reminder to students to use caution when visiting the Charles River Esplanade this summer, in light of several unsolved sexual assaults in the area.

Over the last five years, a series of unsolved late-night or early-morning sexual assaults at South Boston's Joe Moakley Park and around the Esplanade have targeted women who are alone, the police said in a press release.

The police urged to students to be aware of their surroundings, not to accept rides from strangers, to avoid traveling alone during late night and early morning hours, and avoid being in isolated areas with strangers.

The police also urged students to use the BU shuttle service when it is available.

Officials have said that the series of unsolved assaults at the esplanade and Joe Moakley Parks, happening between 2006 and 2009, are linked, with the assailant described as a black male in his mid 20s to mid 30s, standing between 5 feet 8 and 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium to large build and a bald head.

In April, a student at a local college was assaulted at 11:30 p.m. as she sat on a park bench near Massachusetts Avenue. Police said they were not sure if that incident was linked to the earlier assaults.

Those with information are asked to call the State Police Boston barracks at 617-727-6780.

Email Sara Brown at yourtownsara@gmail.com.

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